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FINALLY, here’s that info post I told you was coming! (IT IS LONG! You’ve been warned!) It’s a bit delayed as there have been a few hang ups (mostly personal – geez), but finally here we are! WOOOHOOOO! A BUNCH of topics are gonna be covered, so try to keep up! Here we go!
*** Time is flying! Are you freaking out yet?? We really aren’t, so you shouldn’t either!
*** Tickets are starting to move around more, and make sure to join the TTATC13 Transfer group if you are looking, or have an extra ticket, vehicle or RV pass to help somebody else! That’s the place to post about those things, NOT to the TTATCers group, cuz we’ll just delete those kinda posts here. Face value only, yo.
*** Ticket/Vehicle/RV pass TRANSFERS END online on Monday,July 10th, at 11:59 pm. After that, to use a ticket in your name for somebody else, you MUST either arrive with them, or meet them at the gate when they arrive.
*** Last I looked, there was ONLY ONE Vehicle Parking Pass (of the 225 we had available) left through Burner Tickets! Hopefully you got one already if you need one, OR you’ll have to find one and have it transferred to you, to be able to have a car at TTATC during the event. Yes, this means our regular parking lots. No you can’t have your car at your camp. And no… you can’t just leave cars on the roads around here, so that’s not an option. Just have that necessary pass in place (in your name) when you arrive- thx! We’ll be placing an actual pass on your dash, noting a bit of requested contact info,just in case we need you for any reason during the event! So make sure you don’t park crappy, so we don’t gotta hunt you down to move your poorly parked car! (That one van wrecked it for like 15 other cars last year! So now here we are) Help us help you, and everybody else! THX!
*** GATE HOURS! (Wed – Sun. July 12 – 15)
Wednesday 2 pm – 8 pm
Thursday 10 am – 10 pm
Friday 10 am – 8 pm (8 – 10 by appointment ONLY!)
Saturday By appointment ONLY, from 10 am – 4 pm
*WHY are gate hours like this?!?? Since we’ve added another day this year, we really aren’t sure when people are going to actually show up, and we’re figuring it out as we go! We won’t be allowing any cars to drive into the grounds after dark, so we’re stopping Wed gate at 8 pm (which actually saves us the need to recruit a total of FIVE 2 hour volunteer shifts = 10 total hours (2 at gate, a gate lead a transport person, plus parking!), and we don’t wanna overkill, if unnecessary, so please play along! Thursday, you’ll be able to drive in yourself until 8 pm, then from 8 – 10 pm we will be using our van to transport you and your stuff (in the dark) to your spot. Friday, same thing as Wed, we will only have volunteers able to check people in until 8 pm, but after that, you could still come until 10, BUT you’ll have to contact us to tell us when you’ll be coming, and we can meet you at gate at your arrival time. In the past, we don’t have many coming late on Friday, so again, we’ll save a bunch of volunteer hours, and just have a gate person and a transport person personally help you out. Same with ALL of Saturday. We’re not going to make a bunch of people just sit there all day for pretty much nothin! This all make sense?? PLEASE PLAY ALONG!
*** IMPORTANT: Anybody attempting to come in during non-gate hours will be ASKED TO LEAVE the event. If we find out later that you “snuck in” at all, you could be asked to leave at that time, and/or you will be banned from attending TTATC the following year, depending on circumstances. Over the past 2 years, a total of 6 people have tested this rule, been caught, and faced the consequences. It’s just not worth it. Just come during our post gate hours! Cool? It’s really not that hard.
Along those same lines, note that there is NO RE-ENTRY to TTATC. Once you leave, you are gone, and can’t come back. We have a long list of reasons for this rule. A couple of people attempted this last year, but were not able to come back then, PLUS were banned for another year! Again – not worth it! Don’t try it.
*** Early Arrival – to come to TTATC prior to regular gate hours (Tuesday, NO EARLIER than 3 pm (don’t get bug bombed!), and ideally before 10 pm), you MUST be on a pre-approved list with a theme camp or art project, OR have an approved early volunteer shift with either DPW or Medical. DO NOT show up if you don’t meet those qualifications. Camps/Project Leads with a specific number of approved early arrival passes will be contacted directly with information (including parking instructions), and you’ll be responsible for passing along this important info to your approved E/A people. Showing up early without an E/A pass will be treated just the same as sneaking in outside of regular posted event gate hours, and that’s not good. Don’t do it yo! Thx!
* Quick note for early arrival camps: if you’re arriving early, don’t go too crazy until you talk to Placement about where to set up, if you don’t know EXACTLY where to be in advance!
*** MAPPY MAP! Yes, there will be one, and it’s almost ready! They will be posted in a few select locations, and you’ll be given a beautiful printed map of the TTATC grounds with camps, art, and a bunch of scheduling notes, etc when you arrive! Make sure you grab one so you know when and where you want to be all weekend!
*** POWER at TTATC – Our event is on primitive land (no power/water/utilities of any kind). We have an incredible power crew that brings in generators so that we are able to provide clean and quiet power to most of our theme camps, and necessary departments and crew. Only those pre-approved will be able to plug into our grid. Those approved will be given a TAG for your plugged in cords, if you don’t have pre-approval, DO NOT plug in… anything found without a tag will be pulled by our power crew, rangers, or other qualified crew.. No questions, no notice, no power for you. If you’re gonna bring your own generator, please make it a quiet one, baffle it (maybe build a box?), and be COOL with your neighbors!
* Also, if you haven’t noted elsewhere, there is NO POTABLE WATER available at TTATC either! Bring all that you need! No soap (or mayo) in the swimmin hole. Be smart – thx!
*** EVENTS! There are MANY fun events planned all weekend! Some of these are Cabin/Temple Burns, a Conclave meeting, our JUNIOR HIGH DANCE Friday night,etc. PLUS… many camps, people, and crews are offering their own events! There’s a running schedule for anybody that wants to add events (I’m not sure when that closes), but Frank is the guy that sets that up, so check out his previous post for that info and how-to instructions! There are a couple of spots welcoming anybody to use their space for events, like Center Camp, and The Cave, so if you need a location, they are available! Hit them up directly to secure a time on their schedule.
* Make sure to check the schedule and attend what you like! If the event isn’t your thing, just don’t go! Events being offered are a GIFT, and should be appreciated! If you don’t find an event or something that YOU specifically want to see at TTATC, that’s when YOU bring that thing! Everybody is welcome to offer whatever they choose, including YOU! Workshops, food events, games, gatherings…. So much cool stuff! Let’s be thankful for and supportive of what’s offered – no complaints. You don’t like it… just don’t go! I mean… we don’t want a PETA protest at Pull My Pork or anything crazy like that. Ugh. Don’t like something, don’t go! I love that we have so many people doing and offering so many creative, interesting,yummy, and talented things! Feel free to BE one of them, and bring something you like to share with anybody that wants whatever you want! It’s so cool how that works!
*** VOLUNTEERING at TTATC IS IMPORTANT!
Picking up a volunteer shift (or two, or five! There’s no limit!) isn’t only the right thing to do (Civic Responsibility is one of the principles!) helps out everybody, and actually can be a really good time! You’ll meet other cool people, help TTATC run smoooothly, and it’s awesome! There’s a sign up form for regular shifts, plus there are a few specialty departments that also need help (not on the regular sign up)! Contact us directly to sign up for MEDICAL, DPW, and PERIMETER (see past and potentially future posts about those specific depts). RANGERS also run their own show/group, if you wanna get involved with that! We’ll be tracking those that sign up for overnight SECURITY shifts (on the regular sign up form), so that we can award you with a directed ticket for next year, as previously noted! So grab those shifts as you are able! Thx!
– A couple of notes about Low Income Tickets:
*When/if you applied and were awarded, you agreed to sign up/complete at least TWO 2 hour volunteer shifts, and we’ll be checking to make sure that is happening asap. If you have not yet signed up, you’ll be getting an email from our Volunteer Coordinator reminding you to sign up for your shifts, so just do it asap, to save all that hassle! THX!
*There was a question about transferring a LI ticket this year, and we haven’t had anybody ask to do that before, so we actually don’t have a policy in place for that right now, but moving forward, since that has now come up, we will be creating one. Since only certain people were SPECIFICALLY awarded the lower priced ticket, it’s not fair for somebody else (that wasn’t awarded) to get that deal without going through the LI app process, so in the future,our policy will be that transferring a LI ticket will require the difference in ticket price to be paid to complete the transfer. You know, most rules/policies are only made as needs arise, and well, now here we are! This year, without that policy, somebody might just get lucky and get that lower priced ticket (as we don’t do any refunds), but that new person should be completing the 2 required volunteer shifts, at minimum, to help earn that ticket.
OMG – this post is SO LONG! Am I done writing now? Ughhhhh….. This is practically a novel and took forever to write. Did you actually READ the whole thing?!?? Did you really?!?? (what kinda fish are ya?) What topics or questions have I missed telling you about?? Probably something… lemme know, but for now, I’m SO DONE!
*Stay tuned for upcoming posts specific to Perimeter, DPW, LNT, and whatever else we think needs an extra note!
Whewwww! Thanks for being cool and playing along with this craziness!